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SAP BusinessObjects BI Solutions for SAP ERP

Are you interested to learn more about, how you can use SAP BusinessObjects BI Solutions in combination with your SAP ERP system ?


Most people will be aware that Crystal Reports is able to leverage your SAP ERP or your SAP All-in-One system as a data source. You can find the BusinessObjects and SAP Part 4.


In addition you can also enable Xcelsius but using Live Office as a middle layer and in that way you are able to create dashboards on top of your ERP system. For a complete walkthrough you can take a look here.


But what if you are interested in leveraging Web Intelligence or SAP BusinessObjects Explorer in combination with your SAP ERP system and you have not implemented SAP BW as your datawarehouse solution ? 


In such a situation you can leverage SAP Rapid Marts.


SAP Rapid Marts are best practice blueprints that deliver ETL mappings and initial reporting content for enterprise applications like SAP ERP, PeopleSoft, or Oracle EBS.  SAP Rapid Marts are not replacing a datawarehouse solution but you might be in a situation where a complete datawarehouse solution is not required, but instead you require a simple and fast implementation based on a data mart approach which allows you to quickly gain insight into your data.


You can find further details on the available Rapid Marts for SAP here:




I hope the material helps you to understand the different options that are available to you to enable a complete SAP BusinessObjects BI suite for your SAP ERP system.

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  • Hi Ingo,

    If we want to implement SAP rapid marts over SAP ERP then should we required BO Data Integrator or data services as a pre-requisites.

    Please clarify on urgent basis.


    • HI Saurabh,

      that is correct – you will need SAP BusinessObjects Data Services (Data Integrator is part of it) for the ETL part

      best regards
      Ingo Hilgefort

  • Hi Ingo,

    What’s the potential impact on the ERP system in terms of load and performance ?
    I see risk of impacting transactional activities.


    • Hi,

      when using for example Crystal Reports directly against the ERP system – yes there can be a performance impact in the same way you can have an impact when using a lot of classic ABAP Reporting against the ERP system…

      .. and thats also why there is the option to offload the reporting to a Rapid Mart.